Single Player Install


Please read the entire page, if you do not follow all the instructions here Zoology will probably not work correctly and it will ruin the experience for you.

Single player install is the same as any other mod, go to the Zoology workshop page on steam and click the subscribe button.

The dino culling feature has been removed temporarily, please do a Wild Dino Wipe after installing the Zoology mod.


Zoology is a core mod and as such it needs to be the first mod in your load order.  It will not function correctly if any other mod is loaded before Zoology.

While Zoology will work with existing saved games you will get the most out of it if you start a new game.

If you are going to use Zoology with an existing game be sure to make a backup and be aware that your existing pets will not gain any of the new features that Zoology adds to the animals of the ARK.

Example of Tribe Settings for Dino Taming

Tribe Settings For Dino Taming

The default tribe settings for ARK are not suitable for Zoology.  Tribes need to allow players to have Personal Taming for Zoology to work.  If this is not set then the players can not receive the free gift engrams they need to learn about the animals of the ark.

In addition to this the original player that tames an animal can receive benefits above those of other players the animal may associate with, but only if this is set correctly.


There is a known issue with single player ARK and mod updates.  Do not open the singleplayer game while Steam is downloading an updated mod. If you do the mod will be un-selected from your active mods list while it is downloading. A saved game that you open while this is happening will run without that mod.

This is an issue with the ARK client and Steam download systems, it happens for all mods and there is nothing we can do about it.

Be very careful and wait until all mods have updated when you start ARK or Steam.  When a saved game is started without a mod all data, dinos and items from the mod are removed from the game, so any tamed pets from a mod like Zoology will be deleted from your game.

There is no way to recover these lost items and dinos, further all your progress in Zoology will also be lost.  If you notice your  single player game has loaded without Zoology installed kill the process using the windows task manager. This will prevent it saving and let you fix the load order.

Please be careful and wait for all downloads to finish before running ARK.